Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education Announces Expanded Focus and New Editor-In-Chief

 CONTACT:  Jim Sliwa


WASHINGTON, DC – December 9, 2013 – The American Society for Microbiology announces that starting in 2014, The Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) will expand its scope beyond the current focus on undergraduate education research, curriculum, and practices.


“In addition to publishing manuscripts under the established guidelines, JMBE now welcomes thoughtful manuscripts that address:  student interest and motivation, recruitment and retention, citizen science and science outreach, K–12 education and outreach, institutional transformation, online education and MOOCS, systemic transformation, and a broadening participation,” writes Editor-In-Chief Christopher Woolverton of Kent State University in an editorial in the December 2013 issue.


Woolverton, who has headed JMBE for the past five years, will be succeeded in January 2014 as editor-in-chief by Samantha Elliott; an associate professor of biology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Her research focuses on the immune response of the nematode C. elegans, as well as on curricular design and interventions to help underrepresented groups succeed in STEM disciplines. An active member of the biology education research community, Elliott is an alumnus of the ASM Biology Scholars Program and the Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) Summer Leadership Institute. She completed her doctorate in immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University. In a statement, JMBE thanked Dr. Woolverton for his leadership over the past five years. During that time, the Journal has moved into the digital publishing age, secured international indexing, developed resources for authors, and began collecting advertising fees.


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The Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education is a publication of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). ASM is the largest single life science society, composed of over 39,000 scientists and health professionals. ASM's mission is to advance the microbiological sciences as a vehicle for understanding life processes and to apply and communicate this knowledge for the improvement of health and environmental and economic well-being worldwide. JMBE can be found online at